Healthy Hamburger Helper

Healthy Hamburger Helper

Toss that packaged Hamburger Helper full of processed, unhealthy ingredients and prepare this easy-to-make healthy hamburger helper – a hearty, rich meal that you can actually feel good about feeding the family.

Long gone are the days when Hamburger Helper was a preferred meal of the family. My mother was an excellent cook – still is, but like any busy mom she would resort to those quick-fix meals, ones that she knew my brother and I were sure to eat. Hamburger Helper was one of those meals, and we loved it. Nowadays? I wouldn’t touch it with a ten foot pole, nor would I feed it to my kids. Over the years I’ve become more aware of the horrible additives and chemicals that are added to packaged foods, and I’ve also learned how unbelievably easy it is to follow a clean eating lifestyle. Consequently, I couldn’t fathom serving that processed junk to my kids. And they’re none the wiser. They’ve never tasted Hamburger Helper, that is, the processed one. This healthy hamburger healthy has quickly become one of the favourite meals and it makes an appearance on my recipe rotation at least a few times a month.

This one-pot meal is made with real ingredients, which means you can spare yourself the MSG, trans fat, and chemical laden food dyes when preparing it. All you need to prepare this hamburger helper is milk, cheese, flour, water, spices, pasta shells, and salt. That’s all folks. Simply gather these fridge and pantry staples, set aside about 20 minutes, and you have one of the creamiest, richest, pasta dishes that your kids will love. There a few different variations that you can make with this recipe to suit a variety of dietary restrictions. For example, you can substitute gluten free pasta and arrowroot powder for the pasta shells and flour, add a pant-based milk, or even swap the ground beef for crumbled tofu or tempeh. Either way you prepare it, in my opinion, it’s so much tastier, and of course healthier than the ‘real’ thing!

Healthy Hamburger Helper

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Healthy Hamburger Helper

2017-03-10
: Serves 4
: 5 min
: 30 min

Toss that packaged Hamburger Helper full of processed, unhealthy ingredients and prepare this easy-to-make healthy hamburger helper – a hearty, rich meal that you can actually feel good about feeding the family. Long gone are the days when Hamburger Helper was a preferred meal of the family. My mother was an excellent cook – still …

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Ingredients
    2 tbs. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely minced
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1 pound of lean ground beef (or crumbled tempeh)
  • 1 1/2 tbs. tomato puree
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. sweet paprika
  • 2 tbs. all-purpose flour (or arrowroot powder)
  • 2 cups milk (or plant-based milk)
  • 1/4 Parmesan
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups shell pasta or macaroni
  • 3/4 cup grated mozzarella or cheddar cheese
  • sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • fresh parsley for garnish (optional)
Directions

Heat olive oil in a large pot for 1-2 minutes on medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes or until translucent. Add the ground beef and spices and cook (breaking the meat apart with a wooden spoon) for 7-8 minutes, or until no longer pink. Add the flour and stir in the meat then add the remaining ingredients.

Bring to a light boil, then reduce to simmer. Cover with a lid and cook (stirring every 5 minutes) for about 15 minutes, or until the pasta is just al dente. Remove the lid for the last few minutes of the cooking time to any allow any excess liquid to evaporate. Remove immediately from the heat and serve garnished with more Parmesan cheese, fresh parsley, or scallions.

12 thoughts on “Healthy Hamburger Helper”

  • I have never heard of hamburger helper before but I think they are just called by a different name from where I am. I am definitely trying out this recipe real soon as it looks really delicious and healthy, too!

  • adriana 8 months ago

    This looks like an amazing meal! I love that it’s one that the whole family will love too – that’s the most important part! I’m always looking to try new recipes so this one definitely needs to go on my list. I’m in LOVE with parmesan cheese too – can’t get enough haha!

  • A family staple in our house. YUM!! I will have to try it this way. Iknow that the ones we make are not that great for our health. thanks for the great recipe.

  • I gre up on Hamburger Helper (the not so healthy version) and it’s great to know I can give my Kiddies healthier choices!

  • This sounds really tasty. The original hamburger helper sounds a little scary with all that processing, it’s great that it;s so easy to make a natural and healthy alternative.

  • I love one pot meals because I hate doing dishes. This recipe looks healthy and delicious! I think my toddler might like this

  • You had me at healthy! Honestly, even making these dishes from scratch are not that difficult. I find them easier really. Great that you are sharing these good wholesome recipes!

  • LisaFavre 9 months ago

    I am actually totally willing to try this out! I am always on the lookout for dinner recipes and I grew up eating Hamburger Helper. And yes for all that parmesan! One of my favorite cheeses.

    • I always add a ton of Parm in my recipes – it helps me reduce the additional sodium (because I do eat too much salt!).

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